By Leo Block
This ebook describes the lifetime of the enlisted guy aboard a Farragut type destroyer throughout the pre-World conflict II years; the struggle training interval in 1941; and the wartime years. It beneficial properties first-person narrations amassed from interviews and correspondence with the few last Farragut classification destroyer sailors, and in short describes the evolution of the destroyer and the Farragut type destroyers, 5 of which survived the struggle.
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If all line ofﬁcers on a ship were killed or incapacitated the chief boatswain’s mate would be in command. The seaman branch ratings were known as right arm rates because petty ofﬁcers of this branch wore their rating badge on the right sleeve of their uniform. All other petty ofﬁcer ratings were left arm rates; their rating badge was on the left sleeve. Rating badges (an eagle and chevrons) were worn only by petty ofﬁcers and only on blue and white uniforms. At that time rating badges were not worn on pea coats and chevrons, denoting petty ofﬁcer grade, were not stenciled on dungarees.
Chapter 2 The Ship’s Company The ship’s company comprised the ofﬁcers and enlisted men permanently assigned to the ship. If the ship were designated a ﬂagship, the division or squadron commander and his staff (ofﬁcers and enlisted) were also on board but they were not considered ship’s company. Also excluded were the following: 1. Ofﬁcers and enlisted men ordered on board for temporary duty for training. 2. Civilian technicians embarked to observe, adjust or repair speciﬁc equipment or systems.
The primary access was a double wide inclined ladder at the after end of the after deck house. There was also a single inclined ladder access at the forward starboard side of the deck house and a main deck ventilation hatch at the port side of the forward compartment, but this hatch was closed when underway. The bunks in the enlisted man’s berthing spaces were three high pipe frames with enough space between bunks to roll over but not enough vertical clearance to sit up. The top bunks were preferred as they were directly adjacent to the ventilation ports.
Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History With First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men by Leo Block